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In Defense of Beer For Breakfast

Why a frosty brew is a satisfying way to kick off the day.

You wouldn’t think twice about having a mimosa with breakfast on a Saturday morning, would you? Is a Bloody Mary an appropriate beverage to get the day started? Then why would you make a stink face and get all judge-y at the suggestion of a beer with your eggs? 

Fact: H.L. Mencken drank beer at breakfast. Another fact: President Barack Obama threw back a cold weissbier at a G7 summit breakfast with Angela Merkel last summer. Now, you might counter by pointing out that Mencken was an anti-Semite, and Obama tried to invade Texas with federal troops using that whole Jade Helm 15 ruse. Okay, what if I told you that before Prohibition, beer with breakfast was just normal? Don’t you want to make America great again?

I do my part for the country on weekends. Until it closed recently, there was a place near my house called the White Rock Sports Bar that served starting at 8 am. After a strenuous ride around White Rock Lake, I would stop in for a veggie omelet or migas and, of course, a beer. Après-exercise breakfast beer should be something light. Now’s not the time for a high-octane IPA. A Budweiser will work. There is no better way to start the day than getting sweaty and adding a happy buzz to an endorphin high. Though I hasten to add that there’s nothing wrong with a couch, a pre-dawn English Premier League soccer match, and a pint of Guinness. Now that my go-to bar is gone, I’ve ridden less and actually put on weight. Such is the health-promoting power of beer.

As for volume, two beers with breakfast is a reasonable limit. So you should drink at least three. Then it’s time for a nap, after which the day can begin in earnest. 

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